Perrin Oglafa

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Perrin Oglafa was born in 1971 in Nigeria. He holds a B.Ed degree from Rivers State College of Education (now Ignatius Ajuru University of Education), Rivers State, Nigeria. Oglafa is well known for his paintings of semi-abstract humanoid forms rendered in acrylic and goache. For Boys’ Quarters Project Space, Perrin showed sculptural works rarely ever seen outside his studio. His insistence on natural materials and his love of the land permeates his handling of the materials he sources on his travels around the Niger Delta. A prominent local artist and cultural ambassador for the Niger Delta, Oglafa is also Boys’ Quarters Manager-At-Large. Oglafa’s work can be found in private and public collections in Nigeria, Italy, France, and the U.K.




Favourite color?
Brown and white

Last movie you really enjoyed?
The Negotiatior. With Samuel L Jackson.

What do you do for fun in Port Harcourt?
Driving around and meeting people.

What’s the best thing about living in Port Harcourt?
We’re close to the Mangrove.

What is it about the Mangrove?
It’s keeps you in nature. Gives you an incredibly grounded yet spiritual feeling.

What’s the worst thing about living in PH?
People still have a long way to go when it comes to art.

Describe the Port Harcourt art scene in three adjectives:
Virgin market
Needs to expand

Music inspiring you at the moment?
Seal… Everything about Seal.
Oh God, you’re showing your age!

Favourite Food?
Swallow. Garri and soup.

Favourite saying/aphorism?
“Man must chop.” You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to survive. Hustler slang.

How many languages do you speak?
Four. Igbo, Yoruba fluently, Ijaw Fluently and English

What inspires your art?
Life itself

What would other people be surprised to learn about you?
I’m passionate in bed. No I’m joking.

What are your plans for the future?
To be very successful at my passion. Which is art.

If you were president what’s the first thing you would do?
Implement an Arts strategy properly firstly by creating a Ministry of Arts.